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Below is just a few of the reports about this day and fifteen years later. No need to add commentary from someone who only observed from far away and like all the rest of us have our collective thoughts with the victims of this domestic bombing, their families and the residents of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma.

Stuffed animals remember those who were killed in Oklahoma City bombing

America remembers the victims of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing

The 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing will be observed on April 19. A ceremony at the National Memorial will begin shortly before "the moment when the terrorist bomb was detonated in 1995." Americans, like me, remember family and friends. -->-->-->

Oklahoma City is Reminder of the Dangers of Terrorism

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, which killed 168 people, including 19 children, and injured more than 680 in a pointless, irrational act of terror perpetrated by an American citizen on his fellow Americans.

There will be a great many commentaries and there is already controversy over the lessons to be learned from that event. The debate is already intense and will go on, colored by individual perspectives and ideology.

But there are also lessons to be learned regardless of ideology.

One is that extremism is the enemy. Mixing extremism with justifications for violence is exactly like mixing nitro and glycerin and the results are similarly explosive. It was extremism that created the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and it was extremism that created the Oklahoma City attack. Reaching back further in American history, it was extremism that led to the Wall Street bombing of Sept. 16, 1920, which killed 38 people and injured 143 in the heart of Manhattan’s financial district.

Another lesson is that terrorism can come from any source and that stereotyping based on past threats can lead to blindness to future threats. -->-->-->

Mannford Teacher Thankful Students Will Learn About Murrah Bombing, Victims

Depending on how old you are, you'll remember where you were when you heard about Pearl Harbor, JFK's assassination or September 11, 2001.

If you're an Oklahoman, you remember the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The attack killed 168 people -- the worst domestic terror attack in American history.

"It all comes rushing back, and I'm sure this one will be just as tough as all the rest of them," said Kyle Genzer, who is a Mannford history teacher.

Genzer lost his mom, Jamie Genzer, in the blast. This anniversary represents a sacred transition to him.

"This year symbolizes the year that I've lived longer without my mom than I did with her. So, because I was 14 when she died, and now it's been 15 years since she's been gone. So it's a big one for me," Genzer said. -->-->-->

McVeigh prosecutor: Focus on victims of Oklahoma City bombing

Springfield attorney cautions against glorifying criminal

Fifteen years after 168 people died in the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Joseph Hartzler of Springfield thinks the focus should be on the victims, not the perpetrator.

Hartzler, 59, an assistant U.S. attorney in Springfield, was lead prosecutor of Timothy McVeigh, who was convicted of murder in the April 19, 1995, bombing. McVeigh was executed on June 11, 2001.

MSNBC tonight will broadcast a two-hour show that uses tapes from interviews McVeigh gave to the authors of a 2001 book, "American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing." -->-->-->

OKC bombing proves Oklahomans’ resilience, unity

April 19, 2010 Fifteen years after 168 people lost their lives in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, life in downtown Oklahoma City is thriving while living in the shadow of the deadliest domestic terrorist attack on American soil.

Today, the Ford Center is filled with thousands of people united in cheering on the Oklahoma City Thunder. This team is, for Mayor Mick Cornett, a prime example that shows how the city and the state has moved forward after the bombing.

For many years, Oklahomans allowed for the bombing to define them, Cornett said. But now the Thunder allows the city and the state to connect itself to something more positive, he said. -->-->-->

Click here to read about an OU professor's personal link to the Timothy McVeigh

In Remembrance to the Victims, to never be forgotten for the extreme tragedy this was and the total senselessness of this extreme criminal act!

Originally posted to jimstaro on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 05:00 AM PDT.

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